Medical malpractice plaintiff alleges errors, hospital negligence

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on May 24, 2012 in Medical Malpractice

At the bare minimum, healthcare providers in West Virginia and other states have a duty to provide patients with a level of care that meets the medical community's own standards. When a patient is harmed by a healthcare professional's failure to act reasonably, prudently or in accordance with the standards of acceptable care, his or her best hope for obtaining compensation and at least some small measure of justice is a medical malpractice lawsuit .

While it's no secret that the wheels in our civil justice system sometimes grind very slowly, most plaintiffs do not have to wait nearly as long as one woman in a neighboring state had to wait before finally seeing her trial get underway this week.

Her story started about six-and-a-half years ago when she checked into a Pennsylvania hospital for a scheduled heart surgery. Two days after her admission, however, doctors discovered the woman had developed an unrelated infection in the area surrounding her right knee prosthesis. Doctors removed the prosthesis and put her on a combination of drugs that ultimately caused her to suffer a sharp drop in blood pressure, which severely restricted blood flow to her vital organs.

On her fifth morning in the hospital, nurses found the woman unresponsive and suffering from renal failure. According to reports, the hospital's own neurologist determined the woman was suffering from a brain dysfunction caused by "toxic metabolic factors." In any event, she is now permanently blind in both eyes.

Court officials say the trial of this medical malpractice lawsuit, which was filed more than four years ago and been delayed by both a backlog of cases and pretrial maneuvers, could last into June.

Source: The Times-Tribune, "Lawsuit: Prescription made woman blind," Michael R. Sisak, May 23, 2012

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